Recreational Therapist

Location: Redford, MI

Department: Residential Services

Type: Full Time

Min. Experience: Experienced

Methodist Children's Home Society is looking for a dedicated Recreational Therapist for our Residential Program. This position provides for the physical and psychological needs of emotionally disturbed youth and adolescent clients in our campus residential program. Our primary focus is children who have been subjected to physical, psychological, and sexual abuse or who have been severely neglected.

MCHS offers a wealth of benefits for our employees including: generous paid holidays & time off, full benefits (100% of premiums covered by the employer; no cost to you), a wonderful 80 acre campus, tuition reimbursement, pension plan, and a dedication to growth & promotion from within.


A Recreational Therapist provides active treatment and support involving individualized assessments, treatment planning, implementation and evaluation for the children in the agency’s Residential Village program to improve independence in daily life activities and promote physical well being by restoring and improving cognitive, emotional and social functions.


To be successful a Recreational Therapist must be able to do the following always:

  • Serve as a support member to the group treatment teams with the responsibility for ensuring each child successfully completes the goals set forth in their treatment plan by recommending, developing and implementing treatment programs to meet the needs of the children based on individualized assessments, interests, and treatment plans; assist group treatment teams in planning and evaluating the treatment programs.
  • Observe, analyze and record participation and progress during individual and group treatment sessions, modifying sessions or providing instruction as necessary; encourage participation in agency’s recreational and therapeutic activities
  • Manage the work of assigned interns and volunteers; participate in developing department goals and objectives; assist with maintaining department systems, records and reports; recommend new approaches, policies, and procedures for continual improvement of department services.
  • Recommend, develop, plan and implement recreational and holiday activities, and special events; work with agency staff, volunteers, donors and members of the public to meet the needs of the children.
  • Supervision of the Activities Coordinator by providing guidance, training, coaching, and discipline.
  • Facilitate the coordination of projects and training in other departments.
  • Provide oversight of the Recreational Department; assuring quality of work and completion of departmental goals.
  • Operate within the guidelines of the Employee Handbook, Therapist’s Operations Manual, and DHS Policies and Procedures.


Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Therapeutic Recreation; and
  • National Council for Therapeutic Recreation certification (NCTRC); and
  • Two (2) years’ experience in recreation therapy or a related field.
  • Experience working with serious emotional disorder (SED) at-risk youth males between the ages of 7 – 17 preferred.

The Knowledge of:

  • Computer and software applications (Windows, MS Office, Internet applications, etc.) necessary to perform the duties of the position.
  • Recreational therapy practices, methods and techniques to improve client functioning and independence.
  • Characteristics, prognosis and limitations of medical, psychiatric, developmental disabilities, sensory impairments and emotional disorders in the evaluation of recreational therapy treatment programs.

The Skills and Ability to:

  • Design, plan, and implement treatment interventions to improve functioning and independence in life activities and reduce limitations to activity participation.
  • Evaluate and document children’s response to treatment and progress towards goals.
  • Communicate effectively verbally and in writing.
  • Relate to youth and gain their respect and confidence.
  • Perform behavior management techniques to control aggressive behavior.
  • Manage time and multiple priorities, meet deadlines.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees, other agencies and the public.
  • Exercise professional judgment in making decisions.
  • Handle sensitive and confidential situations and documentation.
  • Attend and conduct agency training and maintain necessary certifications and licenses.

Driving Requirements

Driving a motorized vehicle is an essential function of this position. Successful applicants must possess and maintain a valid driver's license and an acceptable driving record.

Methodist Children’s Home Society will review driving records of candidates as part of the interviewing phase of the selection process. Candidates that do not possess an acceptable driving record will be disqualified from this particular recruitment.

A current resume and cover letter must be included as part of your online application.

Equal Opportunity Employer - M/F/D/V

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